We applaud the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland to be the attorney general of the United States. Any appointment of an attorney general is a significant event in the life of our country. Garland’s nomination is especially significant because it promises to repair the damage the past four years have done to the Department of Justice. After confirmation, we are confident that the brilliance and respect for the Department of Justice and the people who will work on it will be restored. Merrick Garland’s track record of integrity, competence and judicial independence is well established.